The Giants and Johnson agreed to a two-year contract Monday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. An undrafted free agent in 2011, Johnson was active for all but one game with the Steelers since making his NFL debut in 2012. However, his usage was scaled back last season due to the presence of Roosevelt Nix, who logged more snaps on both offense (14 versus eight percent) and special teams (55 versus 49 percent). Upon joining the Giants, Johnson's ability to line up at fullback, running back, and tight end should help in the competition with fellow FB Nikita Whitlock.
Johnson was inactive Sunday for Pittsburgh's game against Denver. The unrestricted free agent, continued to excel in his role as lead blocker this season, with the Steelers' rushing game finishing eighth in the league with a 4.4 average per carry. Johnson extended his consecutive regular season games played streak to 47, the third longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL fullbacks, but had just four carries for seven yards, and caught two of four targets for another 16 yards. As important as he is to Pittsburgh, Johnson has no fantasy relevance whatsoever.
Steelers running back Will Johnson did a lot of standing around on the sideline while his team was on offense Thursday in New England. He only rushed for seven yards on four attempts. But he did pay a visit to the end zone in the third quarter. His 1-yard blast began a second-half comeback that fell short.
The Steelers and fullback Will Johnson have reportedly agreed to terms, bringing the veteran back for his fourth season with the club, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. Johnson, who was a restricted free agent, has played 47 of a possible 48 games in his career, totaling four carries for seven yards and 29 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
The Steelers tendered offers to a trio of restricted free agents: cornerback Antwon Blake, safety Robert Golden and fullback/tight end Will Johnson. Pittsburgh can match any offer they receive. All three appeared in every regular-season game last year, as well as the playoff loss to Baltimore. All received one-year offers at $1.542 million.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|5||10/10||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|7||10/23||@Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|3 Year Avg||2||2||0||5||33||0||3|